Teemu Pukki scored within 40 seconds at Carrow Road before Zaha’s leveler on the hour mark. However, the Eagles star extended his effort when Palace were lucky to win the game from the penalty spot after a foul on Tyrick Mitchell.
It was almost as if Palace boss Patrick Vieira had anticipated Zaha’s topsy-turvy evening ahead of his return to the club after the Africa Cup of Nations.
“I think with his potential he can do more – I think he’s a player who can deliver and he needs to be more consistent,” he had said, with Zaha continuing to prove his coach’s point.
Pukki finished low for his first goal of 2022 after Adam Idah hit Milot Rashica’s cross on his way.
The Finnish striker was denied just a second by the brave Mitchell defender, who snuck past Pukki to nod Rashica’s cross behind for a corner.
It was his own delay that would cost Pukki moments later, Rashica, enjoying his night against Joel Ward, giving a chance on a plate for the striker whose loose touch allowed Mitchell to come back and challenge once Moreover.
At the other end, Angus Gunn had to be aware of the danger to fend off a Jeffrey Schlupp effort, but Palace knocked on the door.
Their equalizer would come in superb fashion as Zaha, silent so far, had too much space from Przemyslaw Placheta and took full advantage of it by wrapping his foot around the ball and rounding Gunn.
Less than two minutes later, Palace had a golden chance to take the lead as Aarons clumsily sent Mitchell into the box.
Zaha, fresh off his sixth goal of the campaign, looked set to double his tally for the evening but instead dragged a timid effort away from the post.
There would ultimately be nothing to separate the two sides, with Norwich a point from safety and Palace still battling for Premier League wins.
Additional reporting by PA Media.